The Philadelphia 76ers are fresh off an undefeated back-to-back against the subpar New York squads. Although they weren’t the prettiest of wins, they were wins.
Now they return home for a battle with the Hornets, who are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and have just about fallen out of contention for the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. In their two matchups so far this season, the Sixers have handled the Hornets winning 110-99 on March 2nd in South Philly, and 128-114 in Charolette on March 6th.
In the first matchup of the season we saw Kemba Walker go for 31 points, and Dwight Howard go for 30 in the second meeting. Over the last few weeks, the Sixers have been faltering on the defensive end of the floor, and this is a game in which they can’t allow a big game from Kemba, Dwight, Batum, or anyone else. This needs to be a game where the Sixers control the game from start to finish, and prove to themselves, and to the rest of the league that they can be a force in the Eastern confrence this year (I know, this game is against the Hornets and not the Cavs or Raptors, I’m just excited at the thought of the playoffs).
With no March Madness games on until Thursday, the Sixers can have your undivided attention for their two game home stand.
Stuff to Watch For:
The big man battle between Joel Embiid and Dwight Howard has been a surprisingly fun one so far this season. On March 2nd it seemed like Dwight was physically unable to guard Embiid as Joel used the swing through move to draw fouls on Dwight with ease. Dwight then responded on March 6th by dropping 30 on Joel with a pretty nice block (all video evidence of the block has been deleted)
Justin Anderson is back and looking #nice. He had 11 points against the Nets on 3-5 shooting from distance. So basically, he’s doing what Marco Belinelli is doing, but with waaaay more defense. Look to see if Justin’s minutes continue to increase as the regular season winds down.
And sorry to bring down the mood here on this last thing to watch for, but since TJ got his triple double on February 12th, his numbers have taken a dive as he has only putting up 5/2/3 on 40% shooting from the field, and he has only hit 2 three-pointers on 13 attempts. In the 14 games before his triple double, he was looking awesome while putting up 8/3/4 and really making the bench squad fun to watch. The TJ we’ve come to adore will be imperative for the Sixers as they look to climb the Eastern Conference ladder with just 14 games left in the regular season.
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 the Fanatic
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